Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association demands level playing field in Punjab with regard to energy supply

Lahore, April 09, 2015 (PPI-OT): Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PRGMEA), North Zone has demanded level playing field in Punjab with regard to energy supply at par with other provinces. PRGMEA North Zone’s Senior Vice Chairman Mr. Muhammad Naseer Malik, in a press statement issued here today, lamented that garment industry in other provinces are enjoying smooth gas and power supplies, whereas the same industry is face prolonged load-shedding in Punjab.

“Because of the flagging law and order situation and shortage of electricity and gas, factories are unable to timely deliver whatever limited orders they managed to procure from foreign buyers. We have been crippled by electricity load-shedding or gas shortage, which reduces our work week to only three to four days. Due to gas shortage, mills cannot process our fabric in time and the sewing units simply cannot guarantee on time deliveries of export shipments. With this productivity level we cannot compete with Bangladesh let alone India or China,” said Muhammad Naseer Malik.

He also urged the government to control line losses, electricity theft, and inefficiency in recovery of dues and help stop political interference in the energy sector that has reduced the country’s economic growth. While expressing deep concern over dreadful protracted load-shedding, he said that the private sector, being engine of growth, is facilitated to the maximum level in the developed world, but in Pakistan circumstances are quite opposite.

“The government should provide level-playing field by raising gas and power supply to the industry to help exporters cut their energy costs and release billions of rupees wedged in sales tax refunds,” he said adding that the declining law and order situation in the country, followed by lingering energy shortages had crippled the industry that was resulting into the gradual export decline.

Mr. Malik urged the government address the situation with supporting initiatives by refraining from further increase in power tariff. He said, if the government accepted bureaucracy’s proposal to increase power tariff, it would prove to be a final blow to its reputation. He proposed that the government, rather increasing power tariff, should asked WAPDA to control line losses, electricity theft and inefficiency in recovery of dues.

For more information, contact:
Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PRGMEA)
18-A, Shaheen View Building,
Block-VI, P.E.C.H.S., Shahrah-e-Faisal,
Karachi-75400, Pakistan
Tel: +92-21-34549073, +92-21-34547912
Fax: +92-21-34539669
Email: info@prgmea.org
Website: www.prgmea.org

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